Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Many current models, including all of Ford's F Series trucks, it's Expedition, Explorer, and the Lincoln Navigator. Many other brands use aluminum for its weight saving potential in their car hoods and lift gates.
When a brand needs to shave some drastic weight off a vehicle, body panels, hoods, and lift gates can often times be replaced with lighter weight aluminum panels, sometimes shaving off up to 700 pounds from a vehicles base weight.
The Ford Raptor also uses aluminum in its suspension system for increased durability and light-weight for off-road purposes.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Though many auto-makers have been experimenting with lots of different methods to comply with these new standards, Ford has gone with an approach that has actually been around for quite some time. They have been experimenting with the use of aluminum truck bodies for their new F-150, which is expected to come out in 2015. The new model, dubbed the Atlas concept truck, was debuted during the Detroit International Auto Convention, and is expected to make heavy use of aluminum to reduce the weight of the truck by an impressive 700 lbs.
The truck is expected to have a fully aluminum bed and cab, and could also make use of other light-weight materials to replace the heavy steel that is currently used. By shaving off 700lbs. from the frame of the F-150, it is expected to get far better gas mileage and can use a smaller engine because of the reduced weight, which will help to reduce fuel consumption even further.
We haven't heard anything final from Ford yet, most likely because they want to generate some hype about the new vehicle before it is released, but they are expected to give a statement regarding the new truck before summer's end.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Aluminum Truck Bodies are a great way to cut down on fuel costs. With the rising price of gasoline, many companies are looking for ways to cut corners and reduce the costs of doing business. As gas prices are only expected to continue soaring, many companies that frequently use their steel-bodied service trucks are shelling out the cash to have them replaced with lighter, aluminum bodies.
Everybody knows that aluminum is much lighter than steel. Because of the massive weight reduction associated with using aluminum over steel, a lot of companies have decided to make the switch. Because you will be driving a truck that weighs a third less than it once did, you will probably notice that you are getting a lot more bang for your buck. Your gas is lasting longer and you are having to fill up your tank less between jobs.
But what many people are wondering: "will the money saved in gas costs offset the costs of getting the new aluminum body in the first place?" Well, that is a difficult question to answer with a straight forward yes or no. It depends on how much you use your truck. If you drive the thing to and from work, as well as at work, the more that you are driving it the more you are getting out of it. Because you don't have to burn as much fuel to travel the same distance because of the reduced weight, you are saving more and more money the more that you drive your truck. This fact alone is making the decision of aluminum bodies or steel ones an easy one.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Aluminum Truck Bodies are slowly taking over the market for durable and efficient truck bodies, as more and more manufacturers are shying away from steel. Aluminum is much lighter than steel, as we have discussed in some of our previous articles like How to Achieve Better Fuel Efficiency for Your Work Truck and Why Aluminum is Becoming More Widely Used for Mechanic Trucks, so it would obviously be a better choice for making truck bodies from as opposed to steel. Steel Truck Bodies are also highly prone to rusting, which is another reason that aluminum is over taking the market.
One thing that you probably didn't even think of as another reason why you should choose an aluminum truck body over a steel one is that the money that you save in fuel will allow you to put better tools and accessories on your truck. Just think, you are saving all this money in gas from driving a lighter truck, but then when you get to the job site, you still have to idle your truck to run your welder or air compressor. With the money you are saving in gas, you could buy an EnPak and not have to idle your engine at all to run any tool! You could just run whatever you needed right off of the EnPak. That could make your truck about as fuel efficient as it gets. Yes, the EnPak does run on gasoline, but it takes far less of it to power the generator on the EnPak than it does to run the engine in your truck. All of your on board tools such as your air compressor, welder, or crane can run off of the EnPak. It will even charge the trucks battery while it's in use!
So what are you waiting for? Take some of that money you are saving in fuel costs and get yourself an EnPak to make your fuel efficiency really noticeable.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
If you’re looking to improve the fuel efficiency of your work truck, consider replacing a few of the steel parts with its aluminum equivalent. The weight reduction will directly contribute to achieving better gas mileage, thus saving the company a significant amount of capital over an extended period of time. A general rule of thumb is a ten percent reduction in the weight of a vehicle will result in a seven percent savings in the fuel economy—city and highway driving. Ford is looking to strip seven hundred pounds off their new Ford F-150 alone!
Beefier models may be necessary to achieve tasks characteristic of the profession, but these same companies i.e., Ford, GM, Chevy, Dodge, that make utility vehicles are beginning to implement lighter materials into their work trucks the same as in their smaller models. Lighter-weight truck frames and bodies allow for smaller, more efficient engines to achieve better fuel efficiency, thus saving money. If a steel-bodied work truck currently gets the job done it’s impractical to buy a brand new vehicle, so think about replacing the bumpers with aluminum or taking out the original steel compartments and finding some aluminum alternatives.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
An aluminum-bodied service truck can cut a huge chunk out of a company’s annual fuel charges as in comparison to the former steel-bodied gas-guzzlers. Now, when considering the cost, remember how much lighter aluminum is than steel, forget the price differential. In the long run, the amount of fuel saved will be substantially more with an aluminum-bodied truck than with a heavy steel-bodied vehicle. The weight reduction alone will increase gas mileage by nearly twenty-five percent, or that is the hope.
Estimates have shown automakers will be paying about $1.50 to $2.00 more to scratch one pound of weight off of a vehicle, so if the manufacturers are looking to cut seven-hundred to eight-hundred pounds off of their newer models the extra material costs for aluminum will be somewhere around twelve-hundred dollars to fifteen-hundred dollars as a rough estimate. That’s being generous! The best strategy to go about saving money is keep your steel-bodied frame/bed—which will be considerably more expensive to replace—and simply replace the body with aluminum. This is going to run anywhere between four to six thousand dollars, which is a steal when compared to buying a brand new vehicle.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Service trucks serve a multitude of diverse purposes in the everyday world we live in. This ranges from delivery services—such as UPS, FedEx, or the United States Postal Service (USPS)—to repair services like roadside assistance vehicles or energy repair companies working to fix a downed power line. In most cases, these service jobs cater to the business world and/or the everyday consumer when needed.
Here’s a brief list of job types requiring the implementation of heavy-duty service trucks to serve the purposes and needs of their clientele.
- Mail Delivery Services
- Auto-Repair Shops
- Fire Trucks (on-call firemen)
- Landscaping/Lawn-Care Companies
- Construction Companies
- Armored Trucks
- Carpet Cleaners
- Professional Painters
- Cable/Energy Providers
- Trash Disposal
- Snow Plowing Services
- Soda/Beer Deliveries
- Medical Waste Removal
- Moving Companies (i.e. U-Haul)
These are only a few of the various scenarios/occupations where a heavy-duty utility/service truck is required on a daily basis. Also, farm trucks cannot be excluded, although they are not typically thought of as service trucks, but without these beasts’ small farmers wouldn’t be able to keep their heads above the water in today’s economy.